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22 Best New Hotels of 2022: Our Top Picks from Around the World

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It’s a new year—which means a fresh start for realizing, revisiting and reimagining your travel goals. One of our favorite sources of inspiration when plotting out a roadmap for future trips (both near and far) is our wish list of must-experience hotels, resorts and lodges. Explore the digital edition of the Indagare Index for our all-time favorite properties around the world—and read on for our exclusive curation of the best new hotels of 2022, both recently unveiled and coming soon, that have our staff and members buzzing. Standouts include an open-air, high-design jungle escape in Bali, luxe farm-to-table-focused hideaways stateside and dreamy coastal retreats in France, Italy and Greece. We’ve got high hopes for inspired adventures in the months ahead.

Contact your Indagare Trip Designer or Indagare, if you are not yet a member, to start planning a getaway to the best new hotels of 2022—this year and beyond. Our team can provide expert travel advice and assist with custom itinerary planning, restaurant recommendations and more.

EUROPE

Gleneagles Townhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland

In major hotel headlines, a city-chic sister to the Indagare-adored (and Indagare Index) property Gleneagles, a sprawling pastoral playground in the Scottish Highlands, will open this spring in Edinburgh—marking the first addition to the iconic brand in nearly a century. Housed within one of the oldest buildings on St. Andrew Square and featuring just 33 rooms, Gleneagles Townhouse promises an intimate, in-the-know experience (and it will also be home to a members-only club). The townhouse, which was a former bank, was carefully restored by Ennismore Design Studio—and with this reincarnation, no two rooms will look the same. Historic details like canopy crown headboards, antique lighting and original fireplaces ensure the sense of tradition that travelers to Scotland crave, while a contemporary, buzzy restaurant, The Spence, and rooftop bar, as well as a collection of modern artwork, will bring the townhouse into the 21st century in style. Opens Spring 2022

Sommerro Oslo, Norway

Norway is open to vaccinated travelers—and the arrival of Sommerro, a charming, Art-Deco design hotel in the heart of Frogner, a historic neighborhood in Oslo’s West End, may just tempt you to start planning a Scandinavian getaway. The 231-room property is slated to be Norway’s largest preservation project, as the hotel will revive and restore the former headquarters of Oslo’s electrical company, which was built between 1917 and 1930 by renowned architects Andreas Bjercke and Georg Eliassen. The new interiors, which feature rich layers and lively details like elaborate bed frames and textiles inspired by the paintings of Gerhard Munthe, were imagined by Adam Greco and Alice Lund of GrecoDeco. Dining here will be a highlight, with the Nordic-Japanese restaurant TAK Oslo, all-day spot Ekspedisjonshallen (with original artwork by Per Krohg), To Sostre—an afternoon tea and Champagne lounge—a Thai restaurant by Terje Ommundsen and Barramon, an outpost of the Oslo tapas hotspot. There will also be a 100-seat theater, a sprawling 15,000 square-foot underground spa, Oslo’s first year-round rooftop pool and lounge (set to host a lineup of DJs), and an ultra-private villa accommodation, Villa Inkognito, is scheduled to open in March 2023. Opens September 2022

Maybourne Riviera, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, French Riviera

The star brand behind Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley in London, as well as The Maybourne Beverly Hills, is expanding into the Mediterranean with the opening of Maybourne Riviera, in the picturesque town of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Perched on the cliffside overlooking the sea, with Italy to the East and Monte Carlo to the West, this striking Modernist resort will combine timeless glamour and laidback coastal living with high-design contemporary vibrance. The 79 rooms and suites and public spaces were created in collaboration with local artisans as well as such global talents as Andre Fu, Bryan O’Sullivan Studio, Marcelo Joulia, Pierre Yovanovitch, Pascal Goujon and Rigby & Rigby—and the dining program was conceived by Mauro Colagreco (of the three-Michelin-starred Mirazur), Jean-Georges Vongerichten and the Japanese chef Hiro Sato. And of course, the Riviera Playa beach club is not to be missed. Open now

Fleur de Loire, Blois, Loire Valley, France

If you were entranced by Massimo Bottura’s Casa Maria Luigia in Modena, you won’t want to miss a new culinary-focused boutique opening in the heart of the Loire Valley from the two-Michelin-starred chef Christophe Hay of La Maison d’á Côté. The project is equally focused on cuisine and sustainability, putting eco-friendly practices like rainwater collection, wind-powered energy and zero-waste kitchen design at its center—along with cultivating extensive gardens along the Blois-Vienne riverbank, including an asparagus conservatory and an apple conservatory, with the intent to re-establish the historic rose apple. The property, which is housed within the former estate of King Louis XIII’s brother, will offer 44 rooms and suites, along with two restaurants, a swimming pool and Sisley spa. Opens June 2022

Hotel La Palma, Capri, Italy

In thrilling news, the beloved coastal retreat of Capri’s very first hotel—built in 1822, just steps from the iconic Piazzetta—is getting a new lease on life under the expert care of the Oetker Collection (behind such Indagare-adored properties as Le Bristol, Eden Rock St. Barths and Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc), with interiors by local fixture Francis Sultana. With just 50 keys (each unlocking its own balcony or terrace) and a rooftop restaurant and bar (under the direction of Chef Gennaro Esposito, of the two-Michelin-starred Torre del Saracino), a private beach club and pool deck, a spa and a curation of high-fashion boutiques, Hotel La Palma is poised to once again become the elegant, exclusive hub that in its golden age used to attract poets, artists and quaintrelles. Opens Summer 2022

Passalacqua, Lake Como, Italy

As if you needed another reason to plan a summer escape to Italy, the iconic Lake Como property Grand Hotel Tremezzo will welcome a sister resort just in time for the season. This 18th-century private villa, overlooking the village of Moltrasio, sits on land that was originally owned by Pope Innocent XI. The home has welcomed such visitors as Napoleon, Bellini (who composed two of his most famous operas, Norma and Sonnambula, here) and the seasoned luxury traveler Winston Churchill. Now, under the stewardship of Paolo, Antonella and Valentina De Santis, Passalacqua will continue to offer a refined yet warm experience of northern Italian charms, with all the expected trappings (a lakeside tennis court, swimming pool and private dock with vintage boats) and just 24 suites, which feature restored frescoes, Verona marble bathrooms and delightful views of citrus and rose gardens, olive groves and sparkling emerald shores. If you’re lucky, you’ll manage to secure the Bellini suite—the largest on the entire lake—where the master preferred to practice the piano. Opens June 2022

Six Senses Rome, Italy

Continuing the spa and wellness brand’s expansion into urban areas—and marking its grand arrival in Italia—Six Senses will open its next property in the heart of the Eternal City, within a UNESCO-protected 18th-century Baroque palazzo on the Piazza di San Marcello, just steps from the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as the shopping of Via Condotti. The interiors were designed by the legendary Patricia Urquiola, with 95 guest rooms and suites, an open-kitchen trattoria and bar, a courtyard botanical garden and a rooftop terrace (with spectacular 360-degree views of the city). And, certo, there will be a signature Six Senses spa—this time, inspired by the history of the Roman baths. It’s sure to be a stunner. Opens 2022

One&Only Aesthesis, Athens, Greece

After several years of lacking splashy luxury hotel options, Athens is finally welcoming a few resorts that can match up to the breathtaking properties of its surrounding islands. On the heels of the Four Seasons Astir Palace, which opened in 2019, the arrival of One&Only Aesthesis later this year will mark the first major development in the ancient capital since the pandemic, in a dramatic revival of a landmark resort on the Athenian Riviera that used to play host to the international jet set in the 1960s and ’70s. With a prime—and secluded—location on the Glyfada seafront, the One&Only will offer beach access, with a private club, as well as a small forest reserve, creating a beautiful escape from the bustle (and tourists) of the city center. The 127 rooms, suites and private villas were designed in a contemporary, serene aesthetic, with mid-century pieces and a palette reflecting the natural colors of the Athenian landscape—cream, stone, beige, lavender and sage. The beach club and two on-site Greek restaurants will certainly provide a scene worth savoring, but other top experiences will include unwinding at the Chenot Spa, visiting the nearby thermal springs of Lake Vouliagmeni, hiking and boating along the coast of the Aegean and, as is tradition, diving deep into the staggering legacy of this mythical empire. Opens Fall 2022

Also On Our Radar: The Twenty-Two, London, UK; The Other House, London, UK; Broadwick Soho, London, UK; Cashel Palace Hotel, Ireland; Madrid Edition, Spain; La Zambra, Costa de Sol, Spain; COMO Le Montrachet, France; Bulgari Rome, Italy; Cali Mykonos, Greece; Cosme, Paros, Greece; Six Senses Crans-Montana, Valais, Switzerland; Mandarin Oriental Palace, Lucerne, Switzerland; Rosewood Vienna, Austria

Related: Best New Hotels of 2021: Our Top Picks from Around the World

U.S. & CARIBBEAN

Southall, Franklin, Tennessee

For fans of the luxury farm-to-table properties Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain, Southall—also located in Tennessee—presents an exciting possibility for further American South culinary exploration. Set on a working farm amid 325 acres of rolling Tennessee hills, Southall offers 62 guest rooms and suites, along with 16 separate cottages, and a robust program of farm, wellness, and adventure activities—as well as a signature restaurant from Chef Tyler Brown, entirely focused on foraging and sourcing ingredients from the property’s 2,000-tree apple orchard, 15,000-square-foot hydroponic and traditional conservatory greenhouses, orangerie, formal kitchen gardens and fields dedicated to large-format crops and heirloom varieties. There is also a 15,000-square-foot spa, two outdoor pools, a ropes and obstacle course, miles of trails for hiking and biking, and areas where activities like falconry, archery and yoga are possible. Beyond the farm, guests can also enjoy water sports on the nearby Lake Mishkin and sample the shopping and live music of the area. Perfect for families and couples alike! Opens 2022

Wildflower Farms, Hudson Valley, New York

Hudson Valley continues to heat up with a knockout list of new design- and cuisine-focused hotels, from The Maker and Inness to Wildflower Farms, the latest from the Auberge Resorts Collection (behind Bishop’s Lodge, The Lodge at Blue Sky, Mayflower Inn & Spa and Hotel Jerome). Just a 90-minute drive from New York City, tucked away amid 140 secluded acres, where the Hudson River Valley meets the foothills of the Catskills, Wildflower Farms will have 65 freestanding cottage-style accommodations, brought to life by architects Electric Bowery and designer Ward and Gray. A plethora of wellness and outdoor activities will be on offer—and guests should be sure to make time for visits to the nearby Mohonk Preserve for hiking and rock climbing, as well as the many distilleries and wineries and art and design galleries of the area. Farm-to-table activities like foraging, exploring the vegetable gardens and orchards, cooking classes and picnics will encourage visitors to engage with the land—and find peace and reflection among the sprawling fields of wildflowers. Opens Fall 2022

Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York City

Slowly but surely, New York is coming back—if the long list of new hotel arrivals is any indication. Many of the familiar brands, including Aman, Pendry, Ritz-Carlton and Six Senses, are coming on the scene, but a brand-new debut from Flâneur Hospitality has particularly caught our eye this season. A new concept from real estate entrepreneur Alex Ohebshalom, with interiors by Martin Brudnizki, The Fifth Avenue Hotel will be located within a historic building in NoMad that was once the Second National Bank (as well as a former home of Gilded Age socialite Charlotte Goodridge)—with an expansion into a 24-story glass tower. The signature Portrait Room restaurant and Study and Terrace bars are sure to become neighborhood fixtures and date night go-tos. Lovers of bold patterns, bright wallpapers, funky fixtures and objets d’art will be quite at home in any of the 153 rooms; standout accents include a mother-of-pearl-inlaid bar cart with reptilian handles, a fruit-filled blown glass chandelier and lamps in every form, from Chinese pagodas to Russian Fabergé eggs. Opens Spring 2022

Rock House, Turks & Caicos

From Grace Bay Resorts, Turks & Caicos will receive a buzzy new getaway with the spring arrival of Rock House, which will launch in the largely undeveloped foothills of the cliffs on the north coast of Providenciales. The 14-acre oceanfront site will offer impressive private beach access, including a 100-foot overwater beach club jetty with daybeds for lounging and private docks where sunbathers can easily hop off for an afternoon or evening cruise. The 46 supremely airy guest suites were inspired by the glamour of the French and Italian rivieras, with interiors by AD100 designer Shawn Henderson—and all shine with sweeping views of the aqua-blue waters and bright reefs below. Opens May 2022

Moskito Island, British Virgin Islands

The newest jewel in Richard Branson’s portfolio, Moskito Island has now joined Necker Island as one of the most indulgent and exclusive private island retreats in the Caribbean. Across 125 acres of tropical paradise—palm trees, white sand and shimmering translucent pools as far as the eye can see—Moskito Island offers three private estates, accommodating 14 to 22 guests. The Oasis, The Point and The Branson can be booked separately or as a full-island buyout. All three mansions are equipped with infinity pools and every toy imaginable, as well as direct beach access. Rates start at $17,500 per night. Open Now

Also On Our Radar: AMAN New York; Chatwal Lodge, Catskills, New York; The Pinch, New Orleans; Goldener Hirsch, Auberge Resorts Collection, Deer Valley, Utah; Pendry Park City, Utah; The Hythe, Vail, Colorado; Montage Big Sky, Montana; The Virginian Lodge, Jackson, Wyoming; Stanly Ranch, Napa Valley, California

Related: Best New Hotels of 2020: Our Top Picks from Around the World

SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA

Fasano Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil

In the south of Brazil’s Bahia region—a place where rainforests meet white-sand beaches, often referred to as “the land of happiness”—leading local hospitality brand Fasano has picked the fishing village turned Tulum-like hotspot Trancoso for the opening of its latest property. With a prime oceanfront location on the beautiful Itapororoca Beach, 40 bungalows designed by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld will combine barefoot luxury with the uniquely Bahian approach to relaxing in style, with an exclusive environmental preservation area, a spa and beach club and a restaurant helmed by Chef Zé Branco. Open Now

Aqua Mare, Galápagos, Ecuador

Devotees of entrepreneur Francesco Galli Zugaro’s luxury expedition yachts—which currently sail along the Amazon, the Mekong and throughout the Indonesian islands—will be delighted by the addition of epic new routes through the Galápagos aboard the Aqua Mare. At 50 meters in length, over four decks, with just seven suites designed by François Zuretti (accommodating only 16 guests, with the largest suite coming in at 100 square meters total), Aqua Mare will be the first true superyacht to voyage through these waters, offering travelers a dazzling new way to experience the once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters and ecosystems that so entranced Charles Darwin. With two on-board naturalist guides, sailings will include two seven-night itineraries (to the East and West regions of the archipelago), as well as two 14-night voyages—all coming full circle in the destination where Galli Zugaro first began his career in luxury travel. Launches May 2022

Casa Chablé, Tulum, Mexico

The latest addition to the Chablé portfolio—which already includes eco-chic wellness escapes in the Yucatán, Riviera Maya and the Sea of Cortéz—will arrive later this year in the bohemian enclave of Tulum. It will have a unique beachfront location within the Sian Ka’an biosphere, a UNESCO-protected reserve whose crystalline aqua waters and dense mangroves are home to more than three hundred species of birds, including pink flamingos and pelicans, as well as manatees, turtles, spider monkeys and even jaguars. Opens 2022

Also On Our Radar: Explora El Chaltén, Argentina; Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, Mexico; Botanika Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Related: 23 Trips of a Lifetime to Plan this Year

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge, Tanzania

After being damaged by a flood in April 2020, andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp is reborn this summer as andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge—but with the same spectacular location in the remote Western Corridor of the Serengeti, on the banks of the Grumeti River (a prime spot for viewing the famed Great Migration). The redesign has been driven by sustainability and low-impact architecture, with interiors by longtime andBeyond collaborator Fox Browne Creative. Guest suites have been enlarged (to double their original size!), with soaking tubs and indoor showers, as well as large outdoor decks with private plunge pools. Travelers can also expect an expanded list of experiences on site—though of course the main draw here is still the wildlife-viewing (in addition to the action of the Great Migration, the area is home to some of the Serengeti’s rarer species, including troops of black-and-white colobus monkeys and gigantic Grumeti crocodiles). Opens June 2022

The Homestead, South Africa

Within the protected historic Nambiti’s Private Game Reserve, The Homestead presents an exciting eco-luxury opening in one of our favorite safari destinations. Named for the century-old homestead ruins upon which the camp was built, The Homestead offers just 12 luxe lodges—half of which were specifically designed for couples and solo travelers, with their own infinity pools, and half of which were created with connecting options, with families in mind; the focus here is as much on the interior design (crafted by local South African firm Egg Design) as the incredible nature that surrounds. In addition to the main lodge, which will house the restaurant, bar and pool, there will also be a spa using products from both Dermologica and a local organic brand, Terres d’Afrique. Outside, the experience program will maximize the diversity of the Nambiti, which has a unique variety of grasslands, woodlands, wetlands and escarpments, protecting over 50 species of mammals, including lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, Cape buffalo, kudu, pangolins, hyenas, zebras and 300 species of birds. Along with personalized game drives, top activities will include visiting Africa’s most important battlefields, animal photography and local cooking classes, stargazing and hot-air ballooning, mountain camping and even hands-on participation in the property’s sustainability initiatives. Opens Spring 2022

Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira, Mozambique

Tucked away on a private island off the coast of Mozambique, the Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira is a major five-star arrival for one of Africa’s most pristine beach destinations off the beaten path. A must-visit for nature lovers whose travel wish lists include the Galápagos or Botswana, Ilha Caldeira was previously uninhabited—and it is located within Africa’s largest marine reserve, resulting in a haven for living coral, green and hawksbill sea turtles, whale sharks, dolphins and many species of birds. To protect these precious ecosystems, the Banyan Tree resort will be 100-percent solar-powered and exclusively use water that is desalinated on the island. 40 villas, each equipped with their own decks and pools, will offer a combination of layouts ranging from one- to four-bedrooms, making this a wonderful destination for adventurous families and couples alike. In addition to the signature Banyan Tree spa and wellness center, the star program of Ilha Caldeira will, of course, be its aquatic exploration experiences, including kayaking, shipwreck diving, snorkeling and scuba, windsurfing, turtle tours and subaquatic “eco safaris.” Opens December 2022

R48 Hotel & Garden, Tel Aviv, Israel

After a nearly two-year period of strict entry policies that kept most Americans from visiting, as of this month, Israel has finally reopened to vaccinated travelers—and the arrival of the new R48 Hotel & Garden on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard is just one of many wonderful reasons to start planning a trip. With just 11 rooms, this ultra-private, high-design haven is hidden within one of the city’s signature Bauhaus buildings, preserved and reimagined by a star team of designers and architects that includes AN+, Liaigre and Piet Oudolf (who was behind New York City’s High Line). Plus: Expand your journey with a four-hour drive south into the Negev Desert, where the newly opened, spectacular Six Senses Shaharut is waiting to (finally!) welcome guests.  Opens Spring 2022

Also On Our Radar: Sungani Lodge & Kulandila Camp, Zambia; Nobu Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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ASIA

Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, Bali, Indonesia

Perched above the tropical forests of the highlands of northern Ubud, with views over mountain peaks, rice paddies and the flowing Ayung River below, the new Buahan resort, a Banyan Tree Escape, will offer the ultimate romantic retreat into nature, as if plucked out of our editors’ most far-flung daydreams. Designed around an open-air, “no walls, no doors” concept—brought to life by local architect Gede Kresna, who is known for his work in sustainable design—Buahan delivers on its promise to immerse guests in the surrounding jungle landscapes. The resort’s 16 private tented balés are each equipped with their own terrace and private pool, and they make use of re-purposed materials like reclaimed wood from boat jetties, as well as hand-crafted furniture and textiles from local artisans. Communal spaces include an open-air restaurant and “Living Room” lounge, as well as The Botanist Bar; the food and beverage program is centered on locally-sourced ingredients and zero-waste, farm-to-table philosophies, and the restaurant menu is 70 percent plant-based. In addition to enjoying the many wellness journeys on offer at the Toja Spa, guests can also search for secret “Hideaway Spots” around the property, which are designated for meditation and reconnection with nature, experience local festivals and cultural tours in Buahan Village, and go off-roading with adventures like mountain biking and four-wheeling. Opens May 2022; guests must be 16 or older

Goto Retreat Ray, Kyushu, Japan

There’s so much more to explore in Japan beyond the urban culture hubs—and the Goto Islands (located off the western coast of Kyushu, in the Nagasaki prefecture) are a prime example. Thanks to the opening of Goto Retreat Ray, a sleekly designed retreat by Yukio Hashimoto, travelers will be able to explore the sparkling beaches and lush volcanic-formed mountains that define the 152 islands that make up this area. The resort, whose name means “Island of Prayer,” will feature 26 oceanfront rooms, all of which include open-air baths, as well as a restaurant and spa. Opens Summer 2022

Also On Our Radar: Cap Karoso, Sumba, Indonesia; Hoshino Resort Yufuin, Kyushu, Japan; Naoshima Ryokan Rokasumi, Japan; Six Senses Kanuhura, Maldives

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Contact your Indagare Trip Designer or Indagare, if you are not yet a member, to start planning a getaway to the best new hotels of 2022—this year and beyond. Our team can provide expert travel advice and assist with custom itinerary planning, restaurant recommendations and more.

– Elizabeth Harvey on January 19, 2022

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